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"Darktown Strutters' Ball" is a popularsong by Shelton Brooks, published in 1917. The song has been recorded many times and is considered a popular and jazz standard. There are many variations of the title, including "At the Darktown Strutters' Ball", "The Darktown Strutters' Ball", and just "Strutters' Ball".
More than three million copies of the sheet music were sold.
Original Dixieland Jazz Band (recorded May 30, 1917, released by Columbia Records as catalog number A-2297, with the flip side "Indiana One Step"). The ODJB recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.
Columbia 78, A2297, Original Dixieland Jass Band, 1917.
Orlando's Orchestra (recorded January 1920, released by Silvertone Records as catalog number 5007B, with the flip side "Missouri Waltz". This version was also released, with the name of the orchestra given as the Federal Band, by Federal Records under the same catalog number, with the same flip side)
Preacher Rollo and the Five Saints (Recorded April 18, 1951 in Miami, released by MGM Records as catalog number 30448B, with the flip side "Original Dixieland One-Step")
Gid Tanner's Skillet Lickers (recorded March 29, 1927, released by Columbia Records as catalog number 15188D, with the flip side "Drink 'Er Down")
Toots' Quartet (released by Decca Records as catalog number 28157, with the flip side "Toselli Jump")
Lou Monte recorded "Darktown Strutter's Ball (Italian Syle)" in 1954. The RCA release was a major hit, reaching #12 retail. He parodies the lyrics, including "I'll be down to get you in a wheelbarrow honey", and asks "Are you from Lyndhurst?", the city of his birth.
In addition to the above (and including), here are more recorded versions of the song:
Al Jolson 1917, Ted Lewis 1927, Chick Webb 1934, The Boswell Sisters 1934, Louis Prima 1935, Hoosier Hotshots 1935, Ted Heath 1935, Bob Wills 1936, Ella Fitzgerald 1936, Phil Harris 1937, Jimmy Dorsey 1938, Russ Morgan 1939, Fats Waller 1939, Paul Whiteman 1939, Benny Goodman 1942, Betty Grable 1945 (in "the Dolly Sisters"), Merle Travis (UNK issued 1995), Chet Atkins & Hank Snow 1947, Hoagy Carmichael 1950, "Tom and Jerry" 1950 (in a cartoon), Ray Anthony 1950, Django Reinhardt 1950, Pee Wee Hunt 1951, Guy Lombardo 1952/1955, Dean Martin 1953, Bing Crosby 1953 (in French and English in "Little Boy Lost"), Les Paul 1953, Larry Clinton 1954, Dukes of Dixieland 1956, The Platters 1957, Fats Domino 1958, Julie London 1959, Al Hirt 1959, Lawrence Welk 1962, Background singers in Japanese on 1st episode of "M*A*S*H*" 1971, Pete Fountain 1972, Robert Redford 1984 (in "The Natural"), Pete Seeger 1990, Ricky Skaggs 1997 .
The Beatles performed "Darktown Strutters' Ball" in their early Liverpool and Hamburg performances, though no recording has ever surfaced.
Mary Tyler Moore Show, as the answer to a "knock-knock" joke: Knock-knock / Who's there? / Anna Maria Alberghetti / Anna Maria Alberghetti Who? / (sung) "Anna Maria Alberghetti in a taxi, Honey..." (similar to the first line of the song).